Greensboro Science Center. Greensboro, North Carolina
I have a great love for a good farmers market and if you’re from the Piedmont Region of North Carolina you know that one of the best is in Greensboro. It’s chocked full of great farm fresh food and flowers.
We aren’t super close so my farmer’s market trip quickly turned into a day trip and we spent the day at the Greensboro Science Center!
The Science Center is open year round from 9 am to 5 pm except for Thanksgiving and Christmas. They are also closed for their annual gala. Be sure to check the website for more information. Parking is free and it’s a short walk to the front door. Children under 2 are free beyond that your tickets range from $12.50 to $13.50 which for everything you can see and do is extremely reasonable for a day of family fun.
Your ticket includes the zoo, aquarium, and museum. Out behind the zoo is an area they call Skywild. This is an entire course of ropes and climbing but is a separate charge of $46.00 per person. It looked like a great time for older kids and adults.
My son enjoyed the entire center but my favorite was the aquarium. The Penguins would follow you back and forth and around their tank. It had the little ones laughing!
This little guy kept diving down each time a little girl with blinking shoes walked by him.
They also have a small pool of stingrays to touch and that was a hit with everyone. They had a few different varieties and some were just so beautiful to look at.
Stingray Touch Tank
We went from the aquarium out to the zoo. Here is one tip I have for you about the zoo. We went in June and in the middle of the day. Clearly, I had lost my mind because it was HOT! My tip would be to try and plan your time outside in the zoo in morning or later in the afternoon. It’s not an excessively large zoo so you’re not outside for hours but the heat sure can take it out of you. The animals were far less active in the heat as well. They just wanted to lay around in the shade and I promise you I didn’t blame them a bit! When you come in from the zoo there is a small food court. We grabbed a few bottles of water and kept on with our journey.
This beauty was by far my favorite animal at the zoo. She was just so lovely!
She had a fairly cute neighbor in the barn with this llama.
He always looked like he was smiling!
I’ve mentioned the science center to multiple friends and family since our visit and often they tell me they didn’t know it existed. I think what really motivates me to keep suggesting it to people who ask for summer activity suggestions is that this place has something for everyone. Whether your passion is reptiles and rocks or how the human body works it’s there.
The coolest rock display. You walk into a dark room with black lights and the rocks glow.
The wide range of exhibits from snakes and sea life down to bones and stones meant that even with a family of different tastes everyone had the opportunity to see something they enjoyed. This is high on my list of places to check out whether you’re a family looking for an afternoon out or a couple looking for something different to do on a day out.